Haynes in Trouble

by Jonathan H. Adler

An article in Corporate Counsel encapsulates the conventional wisdom that the Haynes nomination is in trouble,largely due to the concerns of Senator Lindsay Graham — concerns that were magnified when tewnty retired military leaders sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee opposing his confirmation.

Haynes seemed like a strong candidate when President George Bush first nominated him for the 4th Circuit seat in September 2003. Prior to becoming the U.S. Department of Defense’s general counsel in 2001, Haynes served as GC of the Army in the early ’90s and as associate GC of General Dynamics Corp. several years later. But Haynes’ nomination soon became dogged by questions about his role in revising the military’s interrogation guidelines.